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Great Jazz Hymn Arrangements for the Worship band 

Horn Charts Available!

Preview them here!

Smooth Pizzazz Radio broadcasting Great Jazz Music all over the world!

Smooth Pizzazz is now ranked in the top 20 out of 120 Jazz stations on Live 365!  Besides the United States, Canada, Japan, The Bahamas, Norway, Switzerland, Brazil, and many other countries are tuning in! Over 2000 hours (commercial free) listeners have tuned in to enjoy the unique blend of Jazz styles being broadcast!!

Smooth Pizzazz is an Internet Radio Station featuring Christian Jazz Artists playing jazzed up arrangements of Hymns, worship choruses, original material, and stylistically everything in between!! There are inspiring quotes and inspiring music by great Christian Jazz Artists.  Listen to it at work or at home while you work or answer e-mails! Help support the CJA and spread the word as well. Tune in--just follow the link below!

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Smooth Pizzazz Radio listeners Joe A. Robinson and Lucile Packard from Palo Alto, CA  share these comments about Smooth Pizzazz Radio!
 You are a real blessing to me!! I stream your Internet radio station, "Smooth Pizzazz" here at work and it allows me to praise him, get centered, stay focused and increase my productivity all at the same time!!!"

 "You have also exposed me to some great Christian Jazz that I was not aware of!! I am going to tell others about Smooth Pizzazz radio station as well as direct them to your website. Keep up the good work!!!"


Inspirational Quotes

"Music will take you through times with no money better than money will take you through times with no music."
~ Warren Argo ~

 "To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop
~ E. E. Cummings ~


















Don't forget to get your copy of the new CD featuring CJA Network members!


Welcome to the Christian Jazz Artists Newsletter!
August 2004

A monthly e-newsletter from Songs Of David designed to keep you encouraged, informed, and aware of all the helpful resources that are available to you as a Christian jazz musician, worship leader, worship band member, or just a jazz lover!  
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~ This Issue  ~ 

Featured Interview: Legendary drummer/percussionist Alex Acuna shares about Jazz, spirituality, playing with Weather Report and Koinonia, as well as what he has been doing lately.  Read Interview here!

Featured Article: CJA Network founder and keyboardist/composer David Arivett's article, "The Wonder Of Creativity".  " We are all created out of love and joy that the "Divine artist" has for his work. All creation is rooted and grounded in love! And the Creator has shared the wonder and joy of creativity with his creatures".... Read more here!

Now Available!  CJA Compilation CD!

Great new hot jazz arrangements of Hymns!

Brand new release! We are very proud to announce our first CJA compilation CD featuring CJA members playing Jazz arrangements of Hymns! 16 great renditions of Hymns served up in a wide variety of flavors!  To hear audio excerpts or to purchase this CD visit here!

New & Notable!

CJA Network Member guitarist Michael Ripoll and his band recently performed at the coffee house, "Caffeine" in Nashville, TN for some absolutely hot music from Michael and his band! Keyboardist/composer David Arivett dropped in for the concert. David reports that, " Michael is a great guitar player and composer! His band displayed an awesome level of musicality and energy! Michaels guitar playing has traces of Jimi Hendrix and Jose Feliciano blended together with Michaels own unique Latin/Cuban soul funk! And the entire band is hot-hot-hot!!!"


 The 10th Annual Jazz Pilgrimage 2004 will be presenting
"A Tribute to Alex Acuna".  Opening is Alex Acuna & the Unknowns, performing songs from their new release "No Accent". Guest Vocalist is Regina Williams-Acuna. Then Alex will jam with Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, some of LA's best Latin Jazz musicians.

Don't miss out on this special evening!!

When:     Saturday August 21st, 2004 @ 8:00PM
Where:    Ford Amphitheatre - Hollywood, CA
Tickets:  323-461-3673 or


 CJA member Chuck Mandt recently hosted a special Jazz Master Class featuring acclaimed jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut in a special master class in conjunction with some of Atlanta’s top jazz educators. 

Cyrus has been very vocal about his Christian faith and has a CD featuring jazzed up hymns as well as many other recordings with his trio. This master class was well attended by jazz lovers, students, and educators and was sponsored by Steinway & Sons. For more details  visit here!


Guitarist Ric Flauding has been very busy this summer! Here are some upcoming concerts!

Saturday, August 21st: "Sacred Ground"  10115 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, Arizona.  7:00-9:00 PM (480) 585-7880.

Saturday, August 28th:  Ric and his trio with Danny Ybarra (percussion) and Gordon Rustvold (bass) will be performing at the Perris, California Street Fair. 4:30.  Other artists include Bob Bennett.

September 11th:  "Break Forth" worship conference,  Phoenix, Arizona.

October 14th:  "Sacred Grounds" jazz series at "The Studio" church in Scottsdale, Arizona. 


Jazz Pianist Chuck Marohnic has a new CD release, "Trios"  that includes world class musicians bassists David Friesen, Dave Phillips, Dwight Kilian and drummers Joe LaBarbera, Tony Moreno and Dom Moio. For more info or to purchase visit here!

In October Chuck will be playing several concerts in Louisville Kentucky with vibraphonist/drummer Dick Sisto. He will be at the Seelbach Hotel, the Jazz Factory, the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine College and also the Abbey of Gethsemani Trappist Monastery! (where Thomas Merton lived as a monk and writer!!) For more info visit Chuck  here!


 Denver & The Mile High Orchestra are now on their way to the Summer Olympics in Athens Greece to take their message and Big Band music to the world! They will be playing in select locations in Athens as well as at the Acropoli Stage at the Summer Olympics! They are also recording a new Christmas CD this summer that will be available in time for the Holiday Season!  For a complete itinerary and more info  visit here!


Free CJA Downloads!
Each month we have free downloads, Mp3's, midi files, and charts. All our past newsletters and downloads are still available!
Interested in learning more about Jazz theory, technique, or improvisation? Want to learn how to develop your ear and transcribe music? Visit the Jazz Ed page for material from some of the top musicians in Jazz! Dave Weckl, Jay Oliver, Rob Mullins, Steve Weingart, Ron Gorow, Tony Monaco,  Bob Barrett and others! Check it out here!

As you can see Christian Jazz Artists are very busy celebrating their gifts!

We are jazzed about life...
We are jazzed about God!
Celebrate today and savor the music!
"Just imagine: a joyful Jesus! Haven't we had enough of grim religion?"
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Swing a New Song to the Lord!

Excellent printed collection of jazz arrangements  of congregational music from over a dozen prominent jazz composers and arrangers! Check it out here!

Resources for Jazz Worship

Great arrangements from Anderkamp Music that are accessible to the average church orchestra! Check it out here!


Thought provoking, yet highly singable jazz material for use in the Sanctuary!

Preview them here

Songs Of  David Jazz Worship Songs & Charts

Preview them here

Jazz Psalms

Daniel Richardson & Angel Napieralski

Preview them here

New Resources for Jazz Worship!

Our Jazz Worship Page is the place to get the very best charts for your church band or Orchestra anywhere on the Internet! Fresh new material to preview as well as "jazzed up" Hymn arrangements are available!

Big Band ~ Ensembles ~ Praise Band



“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” Isaiah 30:15

Here the prophet tells us to be quiet and calm, to have patience and hope. Anyone who learns to be tranquil, trusting, and unruffled in the midst of affliction will find his way and will be helped, as the prophet says. His eyes will be more open, his feelings more sober. He will see where there is a little opening for him to slip through, which he could not see and find as long as he restlessly stormed and raged in his agitation.

I often compare this with wasps I once saw in a vineyard. There were little white bottles hanging on the stalks, open above and covered with sugar or honey. The wasps, attracted by the sweetness, got stuck in the bottle. Why? Because once inside they got so frantic in trying to escape through the glass that they lost their heads, so to speak, and even forgot the opening above, where they could easily have found their way out without any trouble. But not one could get out; they perished inside the glass. Then I thought, “That’s how man is in his restlessness.” He always wants to run his head against a wall and does not see where it will get him. The restless spirit makes him blind and stupid; he loses his way, and has only himself to blame.

By being quiet and trusting, the prophet says, you will be strong. A quiet spirit can rise up again and look upward to our God with more confidence and courage.

  Johann Christoph Blumhardt from, "He Sent His Word."



Traditional hymns that have been "jazzed"! A  new CD featuring CJA Network members served up in a variety of jazz flavors!!